For 2nd to 8th grade.

January 15 to May 22, 2019.
TIMES10:00am - 1:00pm
COST$12 per person
PLEASE NOTE:This program requires a minimum of 15 paid participants and can serve a maximum of 30 participants. One free adult chaperone is required for every ten students. Additional adults will be charged the program fee and the parking fee. No other discounts, including SLSC membership discounts, apply to field trip package prices. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your program start time as programs begin promptly at 10am. Doors open at 9:30am. Field trip schedule subject to change in order to better coordinate program components.

Here’s your agenda for the day:

Enjoy a Private Educational Program, Astronaut Academy 10am – 11am

Learn how space travel impacts the human body! Students will learn about the body as they train like an astronaut. Through hands-on activities, students will explore different body systems in relation to how astronauts prepare for their time in space.

Explore James S. McDonnell Planetarium Mars Rover Exhibit 11am – 11:30am

Explore the red planet and learn about the science and technology that got us there by visiting Mission: Mars.

Watch Live Sky: Magnificent Moon in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium 11:30am – 12:30pm

In this star show, we will explore a few of the myths, phenomena, misconceptions and hoaxes related to the Moon and
the Apollo Program to better understand our silent neighbor in space and to show how anyone can study and explore the
Moon from our backyards.

After the show, all ticketed visitors can join Planetarium staff as they continue to explore concepts related to the Moon through demonstrations.

Lunch – 12:30pm – 1:00pm

Lunch may be purchased starting at $6 per student and $9.50 for adults, or you can bring your own.

Pre and post-visit activities

Learning Goals (for field trip and pre/post-activities)

Astronomical Anatomy is an astronomy and life science field trip package designed for students in 2nd through 8th grade. Through pre-visit, field trip, and post-visit activities, students will:

  1. Understand that astronauts experience different conditions in space than on Earth.
  2. Understand how being in space impacts an astronaut’s body.
  3. Understand the basics of human body systems through the context of astronauts training for space missions.
  4. Understand the importance of exercise and healthy eating habits for everyone.
  5. Learn to work as a team and problem solve like astronauts.
Standards Addressed
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • 4.LS1.D.1 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their sense, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
Common Core Standards
  • 5.H.3.C.a Identify and describe the contributions of historically significant individuals from 1800-2000
  • 5.H.3.I.b Identify political, economic, and social causes and consequences of the Cold War on the United States
National Health Education Standards (NHES)
  • 1.5.1 Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health
  • 1.5.2 Identify examples of emotional, intellectual, physical, and social health
Pre-visit Activities

Before coming to the Science Center, consider doing some of the following activities to prepare your class for the field trip.

Weight in Space

Fill three identical, opaque containers with:

  1. 3 Cups beans (using cotton balls to fill open space) – this is 3000 beans on Earth
  2. ½ Cup beans (using cotton balls to fill open space) – this is 3000 beans on the moon
  3. Empty – this is 3000 beans in space

Have students compare the weight of the three containers, making observations and hypotheses for how different gravities may impact astronaut health.

Humans in Space

Have students research the history of space travel and the astronauts currently working on the International Space Station (ISS).

Post-visit Activities

After your field trip, remember your experience and extend the learning by using some of the following resources.

  • Research possible habitable planets and/or moons. What makes those places possible colony locations?
  • Build a Colony
    • Students design a space colony for the location of their choosing (e.g. Moon, Titan, Mars, etc.), taking into account the needs of the humans who would live there. How would they overcome the challenges of living on other planets with conditions different than Earth?
  • Write a biography of an astronaut.
  • Become an astronaut!
    • Have students write out a plan for what they would need to do to become an astronaut when they grow up.

Bus parking is free – cars are $10 per vehicle, free parking for required chaperones.
NOTE: Reservations are required at least 2 weeks in advance and we must receive payment 10 days prior to your
scheduled field trip. Last minute additions to student or chaperone tickets must be made the day before arrival.

Download a PDF copy of the agenda

Download a PDF copy of Pre & Post visit activities

Cancellation policy: Payment is required 10 days prior to your scheduled field trip. Cancellation after that time period will result in forfeiture of the full activity amount. SLSC may cancel the program with at least one-week prior notice, in which case SLSC will promptly refund the amount previously paid and your organization will be relieved of any payment obligation. SLSC shall however, in no event, be responsible for any loss incurred by your organization other than the program payments received.

To make a reservation please call 314.289.4439, email us or fill out the form below to get started.

Plan Ahead

All groups should also be aware of our Group Policies, and should print, fill out out and bring our Group Policies Acknowledgement form. For more information, contact Group Sales by phone at 1.314.289.4424, or at